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This week in Fredericton: August 27 - September 3

As we head into a long weekend in Fredericton, the fun continues with the NB Provincial Exhibition, the  “Foshay International” equestrian event, a “cool” doggie dip & so much more!


Are you an equestrian fan? This very cool event, the “Foshay International” is happening in Jemseg over the long weekend (Aug 30 – Sept 2) and will draw top level horses and riders from Canada and the U.S. to compete in their “eventing” or equestrian triathlon over 3 days. Along with the equestrian disciplines, there will also be the Foshay Country Market and will feature local artisans, foods and beverage in a country fair atmosphere.

A Fredericton tradition continues!

The New Brunswick provincial exhibition, (September 3-9) fondly known as the “Frex” is back and is sure to delight families with midway rides, games, agricultural fair and some special attractions that will be announced soon, so be sure to check our events calendar for updates!


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Vendors, music, clowns & more at the Garrison Night Market

It’s the second last night market of the season, folks! With over 125 vendors, you’ll find some pretty cool and unique gift items, fresh produce, craft beer tasting area and this week you’ll be entertained by the family of stilt artists (“Clowne famille”), jazz/instrumental music by Liam Keith Jacques, some smooth jazz with Stephen Lifsches on the saxophone and music in Officers’ Square with Sleepy Driver.  This is one market you definitely do not want to miss!


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Pooches take the Plunge!

Once the Queen Square pool is closed for the summer to the public, it’s time for the dogs to have a go! If your dog needs to cool off and loves to swim, bring him or her to the Queen’s Square pool for the Fredericton Doggie Dip on September 1! There will also be vendors selling dog-related items and fly ball demos; admission is by donation.

Pull up a chair & take in some live music!

Free outdoor concerts await – pull up a chair or a blanket and get ready to enjoy live local bands! This week enjoy some pop/rock with Jaclyn Reinhart on August 28 in Officers’ Square, then on the northside on August 29, blues band CrossCut will be at the Lawrence Amphitheatre.  To close out the month of August head over to Officers’ Square on August 30 to hear Sleepy Driver!


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Watch a movie…Under the Stars!

What better way to see a movie than to be outside “under the stars”! Bring your chairs and blankets and settle in for an outdoor movie at dusk.  This is your LAST chance to catch an outdoor movie for the season! On Saturday watch the 1978 movie “The Last Waltz”, and on Sunday, the 1969 John Wayne movie, “True Grit”.


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Things happening all summer!

Changing of the Guard Ceremony:  Celebrate the birthplace of the Canadian Army in Fredericton, every day! Fredericton’s past comes to life as “the guard” re-enact through drills in Officers’ Square, daily 11am & 4pm and an extra ceremony Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm.  NOTE: August 31 is the last Changing of the Guard Ceremony.

Guided Heritage Walking Tours: Take a walk, learn something cool about Fredericton (and it’s free!) Accompany a costumed guide on a historic stroll of Fredericton; you’ll be surprised at the little known facts and history of our city! From July 1, two tours are offered at 10am and 2:30pm from City Hall.  NOTE: September 3 is the last Walking tour of the regular schedule.

Fredericton Outdoor Summer Theatre: You’ll laugh and you’ll sing! Local theatre group the Calithumpians are ready to entertain you in Officers’ Square with their hilarious take of historical themes and social issues with “Theatre in the Park”.  This family friendly show happens daily at 12:15pm in Officers’ Square, and 2pm on weekends, beginning on July 2.   NOTE: September 3 is the last performance  for the season.


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Fredericton Fencibles Theatre: Take a break in the afternoon at the Guard house (15 Carleton Street) to enjoy  a lively theatrical performance based on Fredericton’s role in the Canadian army.  Daily at 4:30pm; NOTE: September 3 is the last performance of the Fencibles Theatre.

Haunted Hikes: Entertaining, scary and funny all rolled up into one evening! Take a Haunted Hike with the Calithumpians! Meet at the Coach House (796A Queen St) at 8:45pm. NOTE: September 1 is the last Haunted Hike of the regular season.

Hyla Park Frog Walks: Visit Canada’s first amphibian park by joining in a free guided tour every Thursday evening! Hyla Park is home to 7 different species of frogs and toads, but in particular, the grey tree frog or Hyla versicolor.  Tours begin at 7pm, and it is best to reserve ahead of time to guarantee a spot! NOTE: This is the last Frog Walk of the season.

Paddle & Pint: Have you ever tried Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)? There’s no better place to do this than on the gorgeous Saint John River! Learn how to do this cool sport with an hour and a half guided paddle, then head to Graystone brewing for a pint! August 30, 6-8pm.


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Speedway 660: Catch the action in Geary! Only 25 minutes from Fredericton, Speedway 660 promises to give you great racing action, and fun for the entire family! September 1, 6:30pm & September 2nd at 2pm; bring the whole family!

The Markets! Fredericton has an abundance of local flavours and hand –made products! Check out the Garrison Night Market (Carleton Street) on August 30,  Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market (665 George Street) every Saturday, 6m-1pm; the Northside Market (311 St. Mary’s Street) Saturdays 9am-4pm, Sundays 10am-4pm and the Cultural Market (28 Saunders St) 10am-4pm.


Market food = best kind of food

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Coming right up…

Ekpahak Orientation Pow WowOpen to all students and the public, this is a chance to come out and embrace the Indigenous culture through dance, music and traditions, September 7.

Vintage in the Village – Sip your way through Gagetown! This unique event takes you through the pretty village of Gagetown with a custom artisan-designed wine goblet, September 8.

Feeling hungry? Looking for some great ideas for a breakfast spot in Fredericton? We have seven to tell you about…read our blog!


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